jonathan betz is back with more of today's news right now. >> okay, thank you tony william, we begin with one of america's legendary tv dads for the first time facing charges in a sexual assault case. prosecutors in pennsylvania have charged bill cosby with ftc sexual assault in 2004. just before the statute of limits et cetera have run out. john elkins is there. john. >> jonathan, are looking only straight ahead or straight down,
he was held up by his attorneys, one of whom said the charges againsagainst cobzagainst cosby. he will be exonerated. bill cosby, arriving at a judge's office in philadelphia, brought new scrutiny and now comes the first criminal charge aggravated assault, filed in pennsylvania. >> these charges stem from a sexual assault that took place on an evening in early 2004. at mr. cosby's home in shelto sheltonham up to. mr. cosby is charged with indecent assault. >> pledged to be tough on sexual predators, referring to cosby in particular. >> charges today are filed as a result of new information that came to light in july of 2015.
statute of limitations in this kind of case is 12 years. >> that statute runs out this week, as the civil suit was filed in 2005. it stems from an alleged 2004 incident in which andrea constant went to his house for dinner. the information are says that he applied her with wine and assaulted her. cosby says they had consent yul sex. that suit was settled in 2006. his attorneys say: >> gloria allred who represents many of the women who allegation cosby sexually assaulted them, says she's never seen anything
like it. >> that there's never been a criminal prosecution, we're not sure there ever would be. so i'm very heavy happy that this case has now received new and close scrutiny. >> the criminal charges come after a year of upheaval for bill cosby, a pioneering black entertainer. he was one of the first to have a role in a network series, i spy and became america's favorite tv dad, cliff huxtable. it played all over the world, cementing his fame. but there have long been rumors about his relationships with women. after arraignment cosby was driven to the police station for
fingerprinting. he's due to appear in court in about two weeks. when cost by came out of the courthouse today, somebody shouted, "good luck sir" he said "thank you oird. the period comes from this place onward, jonathan the jury will have to decide who they believe, andrea constant or bill cosby. jonathan. >> john terret, thank you. let's bring in ann bremner, representing one of bill cosby's alleged victims. ann let's talk about this case. just how strong of a case does the prosecution here have? >> it's stronger than most, i'd say most cases like this, it's usually a he said, she said, and now this one is he said, she said, she said, she said and onward. he has admitted, like, i did it.
in a deposition under oath he admitted that he had drugged women to have sex with them. and that is a smoking gun that makes this a very strong case indeed. >> but to be clear, he also was very clear that the sex was consent yul anual. if. >> it can't be consen consensua. you gif away any kind of ability to consent whatsoever. >> and also with this alleged victim andrea constant. she went back to him repeatedly, teen if there were earlier encounters with him where he was trying to take her clothes off. why does she return a third time? >> and looking at that it kind
of harkens back to what were you wearing, were you sexually active, sexual assault cases we have been asked not to ask. she thwarted the advances, she was not interested in him in any way. and guess what? when he was finally able to sexually assault her it was by virtue of drugging her to where she was incapacitied. incapacit. >> do you think bill cosby going to testify is a senator move? >> in this case i think it's probably a good move. he's 78 years old. he's got a long term marriage. it could be -- i shouldn't say probably, it could be a smart move. will he do it? a lot of criminal defense attorneys will not let someone like this get on the stand. when there are so many cases against him he may open the door to something far beyond what has coming into this case, i.e., 50,
five zero, other women. >> let's bring in victoria valentine. >> thank you. >> when you saw him walk into that courthouse what d did you think? >> well, it was very emotional to see him being in a vulnerable position. it just stirred up so many conflicting emotions, it's hard to process even now. >> conflicting why do you say that? >> i think it's probably going to take -- well you know, it made me think like i wanted to cry, seeing his mugshot and then at the same time, i was seeing him looking frail. and stumbling and thinking to myself, he's an actor.
he's doing this very well. he's a good actor. he fooled all of us. so you know, you just go back and forth, with all of these feelings. and i do believe that it's going to take a while for it all to settle in, and get those feelings sorted out. but it's also this feeling of tremendous relief. >> yeah, this has been a long -- this has been a long time coming. a lot of people have been saying when you first came forward with your story about a year ago, did you ever expect to see bill cosby arrested for these types of charges? >> no, i certainly did not. it never occurred to me that justice would prevail. but now, it is in the process of prevailing. >> and when do you think justice -- >> so the legal system -- >> and victoria what do you think justice looks like you at this point? do you think bill cosby should
go to jail for this? >> well, you know i can't say that -- specifically, obviously, the judge is going to have to make that ruling but i -- >> what is it you want to see? >> well, i just have to say that for every action, there is going to be a consequence. and he has to suffer the consequences of his actions. however that is going to look. you know, whatever that shakes out to be. what i want -- i just want him to be exposed so no other women can ever experience what we experienced. >> i know this has been a difficult journey for you and a difficult story for you to share. >> yes. >> if the prosecutor in this case or any other cases that pop it asked to you testify would you do it? >> of course i would. >> it means that much to you? >> well, yes.
it does. you know, i'm a mother. i'm a grandmother. i have two granddaughters. i have two daughters. i have two grand sons. and, you know, i believe that we need to change rape culture in our society. we're -- we're in the 21st century. and we're dealing with rape and plunder mentality from the 1700s still. we need to make this a better world for future generations. rape and sexual assault is not just an isolated incident. in which you just go take a hot shower and get over it and move on with your life. it affects everything in your life. it affects your relationships. it affects how you relate to your children. it affects how they grow up, relate to their pashes. partners. their children. it has a generational impact. and we need -- we need to raise
consciousness and awareness about this very underprosecuted crime. >> all right, victoria valenti valentine. we need to do that. >> thank you for sharing your story. >> thank you for having me. >> now let's turn to missouri which is dealing with the worst flooding in decades. at least 22 people have been killed in missouri and illinois. hundreds have been evacuated. the governor has activated the national guard, as rivers continue to rise towards record levels. al jazeera's andy rosegen is live. what are you seeing out there? >> jonathan right now crews are putting sandbags down on intraint 55interstate 55, and w. louis is also partially closed, along with 200 roads around the
entire state. meantime, the merrimac river is heading torts its high of 46 feefeet. at this point even when they reach their crest levels about 20 feet above flood stage it will take about 24 hours for them to start receding. more rescues west of st. louis adding to the thousands of people who have already been chased from their homes by the floodwaters. missouri's governor calls the flooding the worst he has ever seen. >> water levels are predicted to exceed the historic flood of 1993 which caused significant and widespread devastation. >> areas just missed flooding in the past realized their luck had run out. and for others, the race to
recover goes on. >> we got out what we could. >> the merrimac river in fenton. >> i've never seen it before. >> neither has department of transportation. closing a stretch of 48th 44 outside st. louis, mother nature has closed 141. >> this section of highway is a very important portion of highway, 50,000 vehicles that travel on it, and today it has about 12 feet of water on it. >> where the water isn't outright destructive, it is worrisome. no one can get in or out by car including larissa harrison's parents. >> that car over there is stuck and my car is pretty low to the ground so i walked. >> reporter: the rising water means people are using whatever they can to get around.
these guys were relying on an inflatable raft. >> my uncle hasn't done too well. >> the flooding even overwhelmed a sewage treatment plant. meanwhile the water' water's cos as dangerous as its height. these quarters are likely going to reach its height, and then memphis and new orleans you are next. >> andrew rosegen, thank you so much. tensions are rising between the united states and iran tonight. the united states is accusing iran of launching a rocket test in the straight of hormuz last week. jamie mcintire has more from the pentagon. >> the u.s. aircraft carrier hearse larry s. truman is on
location in the persian gulf. they were greet heed by a gesture of defiance from some small iranian fast attack boats. according to the u.s. navy, the boats fired several unguided rockets in close proximity about 1500 yards to the u.s. carrier truman and the french frigate pro convenience. province. even though the rockets pose little threats to the massive carrier and were aimed away from the shipping traffic the u.s. navy's fifth fleet issued a statement calling the actions by the iranian islamic revolutionary guard core navy highly provocative. it said, firing rockets so close to ships within an international recognizes maritime traffic slean unsafe unprofessional and
inconsistent with international maritime law. the u.s. navy says there have been two similar incidents in the past, one more than a year ago, another back in april. but in those cases the rockets were fired miles away from the shipping lanes. senate armed services committee chairman john mccain was quick to portray the incident as another instance of unchallenged iranian aggression. he said in part, the administration continues to turn a blind eye towards iranian saber-rattling continued state sponsorship of terrorism and violation of its international commitments for fear iran will walk away from the nuclear deal. iran has often tried ointhe tim date the united states navy and assert control over the strait of hormuz. the u.s. navy spokesman says the navy is confident, operating freely in what it insists calling the yain gul arabian gue
mer shawpersian gulf. >> puerto rico will default for second time since the summer. >> robert, i know you had the opportunity to speak with the governor about the debt situation. is he hopeful that puerto rico will somehow get some help from washington? >> good evening, jonathan, indeed we did speak with governor alejandro pedilla. >> the reason he feels that way is because of paul ryan and the conversations he's had with him in the past few weeks. >> i think can he lead the house to produce a comprehensive bill that allowed puerto rico to
restructure their debt. we present what they ask, five year scale control plan. they now have our part. we need theirs. if congressman ryan move, i think that will help the senate to -- or that will excel the senate to move, too. >> you know jonathan, governor garcia pedilla has said this is not about anything but mathematics. he repeated that today. but yet when asked, whose fault is it? he pointed to congress, to previous governors, in his opinion thinks this has been a systematic failure on both levels from the mainland to the island of puerto rico. >> the question robert how to break the cycle. it is likely going to be some
time before congress acts if it does on the puerto rico debt crisis. the island has more debt coming up. will it be able to make those payments? >> no one knows howk it will be. the next bond payment is february, $200 million. puerto rican officials say no problem, they have that covered. but the big question is the payment in may. that's going to be the next challenge moving forward here. in the meantime, thousands of people are leaving this island, headed to the mainland, just last year the number is staggering. 83,000 people in 2014. we don't know the exact number in 2015. but that's lowering the tax rate and just really not a good thing for the island of puerto rico, jonathan. >> a lot of suffering without question. robert ray, live in puerto rico, thank you. coming up doping controversy, new questions about human growth
hormone. >> one thing that guyer does is he dispenses drugs out of his office. >> and a troaive controversial a clinic. >> some residents have lost trust in the department but have they lost trust in him? plus out of the shadows. a report on the witness protection program. >> we were woken up by guys with suits. we were scared, we didn't know what was going on. we had no idea, i was seven years old. >> one woman's courageous fight for justice.
$. >> the so-called anfluenza team, and mother tanya couch has been deported back to the united states. officials say couch violated his probation for killing four people in a drunken crash in 2014. deportation decision out of the hands of the mexican immigration officials. a man is arrested after a suspected arson at a houston mosque. he told investigators he worshipped at that mosque. there is no evidence yet of a hate crime. it's been a big year for gay rights but as a lot of people celebrate many others are grieving. a troubled trend is emerging.
the number of transgender murders. ines ferre is there. >> standing across palmer park in detroit, lakira dawson says she's trying to hang out less here. for years it has been the hang out spot for her and other transgender worm women working e street. >> if i get caught i don't know what's going to happen to me. >> over a three month span three black transgender people were killed this year. two of them near this park. and last year three transgender women were shot in the span of a week. do you think that trans-women are being targeted then? >> yes, of course. >> mani love knew every one of the victims. she is a social worker.
>> don't understand the hardship that we face daily. >> reporter: at this center transgenders are welcome to eat together, dance, and for a while forget about the outside world. more transgender deaths were recorded in 2015 than ever before. nearly all of them transgender women of color. activists say it's not the crimes against them have increased. it's that people are now paying attention. >> they are more well documented which is as a result of people having space to come out or come out at a younger age and that being recognized. >> it is the next important frontier that we need to address. >> stephanie white ask executive director of equality michigan. she sees transgender equality as the next big fight for lgbt community making sure they have jobs and homes. >> we need jobs that pay well,
that pay a living wage, that give people the opportunity to live full, dignified lives. you know, we need nondiscrimination laws that make sure that trans-people aren't homeless just because they are trans. >> something dawson says she would welcome. >> if you could do something else would you? >> of course, of course. >> dawson hopes to go back to school and be a social worker to help people like her. >> we are human, we have goals, like everybody else, that's what i want people to understand, stop with all the hate. >> reporter: ines ferre, al jazeera, detroit. questions about human growth hormone in a controversial indiana clinic. and how leagues actually test athletes. athletes.
>> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america and i'm jonathan betz. doping controversy. the new questions about an indiana clinic, human growth hormone. >> the only way you will ever get caught is by an investigation. >> and by professional sports. lost and found. growing up in the witness protection program. >> we practiced writing our new names once they figure out what our new names are going to be. >> one woman's fight the find out her true identity. >> plus lasting impression.
>> i wanted art itself for people who had stumbled upon it to see this figure kind of melting into the ocean. >> an urgent message about climate change, painted on melting ice. more questions tonight about whether an indiana clinic may have been illegally prescribing human growth hormone. the guyer clinic was featured on al jazeera's special series on doping in sports. >> we confirmed charlie sly worked in their farm pharmacy in 2011. that was also the season peyton manning mirrored through injury. >> i did part of my training at the guyer institute which is this anti-aging clinic in
indiana. he dispenses drugs out of his office, physicians can do in the united states just not very many of them do it. all the time he would be sending ashleigh manning drugs. not under peyton's name. we were sending it everywhere. it would go to florida. >> peyton manning denies he has used the performance enhancing drug hgh. charlie sly said his statements captured on camera about athletes were false and incorrect and he claimed did he not work at guyer in 2011. reporter debra davies whom you just heard from in that clip in that documentary has more now on the guyer institute. >> about a decade ago, sports columnist bob kravitz was feeling exhausted. so he explained to al jazeera
reporter diane eastabrook, he went to see dr. guyer who runs an anti-aging clinic. >> i was dealing with overwhelming fatigue, sleeping 14, 15 hours a day, couldn't get out of bed in the morning. >> what dr. guyer said he needed was human growth hormone. >> he said it would help me return to the line of the living. >> dr. leonard guyer was named in an indictment. he wasn't a defendant or charged with any wrongdoing. but according to the indictment, he was one of the doctors who allegedly purchased the drug for patients. earlier this week al jazeera's investigative unit revealed that charlie sly had done part of his internship at the guyer
institute said that part of the hgh was shipped to ashleigh manning. he had no idea it is also illegal for a doctor to prescribe it just for fatigue. >> i knew what it was but you know, it's one of those things where if you are -- if you are in a desperate situation and you have a doctor you trust, and i trusted dr. guyer at the time, if he tells you that it's potentially medically efficacious, you'll do it. >> one of america's top experts in hgh previously told al jazeera that the drug can only be prescribed legally for three very serious medical conditions. >> it is one of the only drugs that i know of that is in that way off-label prescription,
illegal, not just not a good idea. it's illegal. >> bob kravitz said the hgh had zero effect on his fatigue, only on his pocket. the guyer clin clinic did not rd to al jazeera's request for an interview. >> here is al jazeera's paul beban. >> absolutely not. absolutely not. >> nba, nhl, major league baseball, soccer, cycling, the olympics, wada, world antidoping agency which is the keeper of the prohibitlist. hgh is just one of scorings of
drugs on it. here in the u.s. each league takes the list and makes its own rules about whether, how and when it will test for drugs and what the punishments for break the rules might be. the al jazeera documentary the dark side on sports doping raised questions about the league's testing regimes. >> as long as they know what the testing procedure is they'll always be able to beat it. the only way that you will ever get caught is by an investigation. >> reporter: and big time investigations have happened. >> you don't want to comment? >> in 2005, major league baseball stars testified before congress. >> members of the committee do i believe steroids are being used by major league baseball players? yes. past and present testing says asen. >> varying levels of success, catching players who have performance enhancing drugs. zenan konopka is one ever two players caught, a sport where
750 young men play a punishing sport nine months a year. lance armstrong had seven tour de france medals taken away frofrom him and bore his heart o op rah. >> did you take performance enhancing drugs? >> yes. >> it's up to nfl commissioner roger gel goodell. to investigate. the nfl doesn't have subpoena power. getting to the bottom of all this may be far from easy to do. paul beban al jazeera. >> chicago's mayor cut short his vacation to announce an overhaul
of the city's police department. rahm emanuel returned to the windy city today facing outrage over several fatal police shootings. al jazeera's ash-har quraishi is live in chicago with the detai details. ash-har. >> thank you jonathan. changing the tools in the tool box is how mayor prawm emanuel described this. making the use of deadly force the last option rather than the first. chicago mayor rahm emanuel cut short a family vacation in cuba to announce new changes in police training and tactics. >> just that you train that you can use force doesn't mean you should. and helping officers have that distinction in the training that goes with it is essential. >> he says the changes will focus on deescalation training ohelp officers resolve confrontations before reporting to lethal force.
>> -- resorting to lethal force. >> when you take this all together, all we said here the other day, is to make sure everybody goes home safely. >> the plan goes to doubling the number of tasers from 700 to 1400, putting one in each police vehicle. >> change in policy, we're just looking for best practice and by no means was our policy ever shoot first and ask questions later. quite the contrary. >> we want freedom. >> the changes come after weeks of unrest following the release of dash cam video the city withheld over a year, which shows a chicago police officer shooting 16 shots, killing la quan mcdonald, who was carrying a small knife. >> why do you have to shoot first and ask questions later? >> officer shot two people,
quintonio legrier and bettie jones. , fired the police superintendent and the head of the independent police review authority stepped down. on tuesday, a small number of protesters demonstrated outside mayor emanuel's north side home calling for him to step down. >> i don't foresee rahm emanuel standing down or resigning but he understands because he's a politically savvy animal and somebody who knows the lay of the land that he has an awful lot of fence-mending to do and it's not going to be easy and it's not going to be fast. >> it's unclear whether the mayor's plan will be enough to quell the voices calling for his resignation but won't be the last. the department of justice is calling for cpd and more changes will likely be called for.
one in five officers are trained to use a taser. under mayor emanuel's changes, all will are trained to use one. jonathan. >> thank you hawrve. ash-har. white house says the secret service does not conduct. >> may time a formal complaint with the obama administration, because of allegation published in the wall street journal that the white house has continued to spy on the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu and on other top israeli officials. the journal suggests that the obama administration continues to spy on the israeli government because of concerns that israel was going to try to find a way to derail the negotiations
between the p-5 plus one and iran over that country's nuclear program. even though the white house has not formally condemned or rejected the story officials unnamed in the wall street journal piece suggested that they had to continue doing things like this for national security purposes. it's something which one israeli official said on wednesday that friends just don't do to each other. >> rosiland jordan, thank you. the syrian army says it has fought its way into a key town in the south. between damascus and darrah. this is syria's first major offensive in the southern part of the country since russian forces entered that war back in september. brussels is cancelling new years eve celebrations over concerns about possible attacks. the security presence is high all over the belgian capital.
already known but not her birth name. she was brought up in the witness protect program. she has struggled for years to find out her true identity. we'll talk about that in a moment but now. >> jackie taylor is on her way to finally learn who she is. a woman overcoming a life she doesn't control and a past she doesn't ask for. >> i'll never forget that day, finding out my father was a murderer. i hated him but still loved him because he was my dad. >> reporter: 33 years ago, a run down hotel across from the railroad tracks became home for billings, montana's newest family. >> we didn't know anybody here, it's freezing, nothing to do in the hotel room and here we are playing in the snow, that's all there was to do play in the parking lot in the snow. so welcome to montana, jackie
taylor. >> jackie taylor does not know her real name. her birth name evaporated the moment her father. went into the witness protect program. her father was charles crouch. a member of hell's angels. after participate being in violence crimes, in the '60s and '70s, the bombing of an innocent child encouraged crouch to become a state witness. >> he had an epiphany. >> crouch kept his biker past locked away in an old steamer trunk. >> should we just flip it? >> we dragged it across the floor and sat down to talk. >> did they know something back in there? >> yes he had left a whole bunch
of things for me. >> cayahoga county court documents showed he made a deal with the feds. he received a reduced prison sentence and promise for new identities and protection for his family in a town 1600 miles away. >> i remember them coming to get us like it was yesterday. one, 2:00 in the morning we were woken up by guys in suits, we were scared, didn't havein have anything going on. i was seven, my sister was two. >> this home video was taken the night before buch crouc butch ct to prison. jackie's mother revealed to her young children that their father was not a ship captain as she
told them but in fact a killer. >> we practiced writing our new names once they figured out what our new names were going to be. so you remember that childhood noticed pad with lines, i had to full that whole book with jacqueline n. taylor. >> a complete identity change is part of the bargain. what's less clear is the marshal's responsibilities to their own families as jackie was about to find out. >> no birth certificate. >> no birth certificate. >> no passport. >> no passport. >> she has not been able to replace them. >> i tried to call the marshals, the department of justice, the fbi. anybody. victims advocates. social security, nobody knew what to do. >> it's a nightmare that has now left her three children without health care. >> my children's medicaid got
cancelled because i do not have a birth certificate. >> where does it say that? >> jackie -- right here. >> jackie's citizenship does not exist. >> whether it affects my kids i'm not okay. >> jackie grew to a rebel outteenage are. she jumped from high school to high school, drank heavily and even got addicted to methamphetamine. but she kicked her habit years ago. she now coaches her daughter's basketball team, is active in pta and works several jobs to support her kids. after ten years of roadblocks she almost gave up calling the government for help. >> i don't have a passport. the marshals are not answering my calls. nobody seems to know what to do. >> jackie taylor is headed to a meeting, with the u.s. marshals, 13 years in the making.
>> i'm gathering up information, my children were denied medicaid because do i not have a birth certificate. >> loaded up with a lifetime of classified documents and letters, she has no idea what to expect and is afraid to hope. this day came as a complete shock to me. i'm really nervous. >> jackie's somewhere inside this federal courthouse, meeting with a u.s. marshal. this man named dave told jackie he would hand deliver any documents she needed to prove her u.s. citizenship. we're outside waiting to see just what happens. how was it? >> it was good. i -- i'm happy. >> well, can i see what they got? >> i got my passport! >> wow! i'm anxious to see it. after all this time. how many years has it been?
>> a long time. so there's my passport. >> and what's your name? >> jackie taylor. >> jackie's new passport means she now has a true identity and it means much more than a travel document. >> this is great for my life. this is going to help tremendously, my children can get back their health care. i think the ball's finally in my court. >> carol mckinley, al jazeera, billings, montana. >> and jackie taylor now joins us via skype from billings, montana. jackie good to see you. i know it's been a busy year for you. how has it changed since you got documents from the feds? >> it definitely changed for better. i now has my passport. the sky's the limit, i can do a lot of the things i couldn't do before. so it's greatly improved. >> were you surprised how quickly everything kind of unfolded when you came forward with your story?
>> absolutely. i'm very grateful for al jazeera stepping up and contacting me and doing this story also, it really did change my life. i got a very quick response from the marshals after this story aired so -- >> just how difficult was it for you to go after your daily life without these documents? >> i couldn't go back to college i couldn't leave the country. my children's health care was affected. if i lost my driver's license, i will never have a birth certificate. i just had my driver's license and social cards, you can imagine the obstacles i faced because of that. >> you also came out with this very interesting story about being in the witness protection program and who your father was. do you have any fears now about your safety? >> no, not add all. i've actually talked to some of the people that after us for so many years and we've made peace. and everything's good. my life is fantastic. so i have no problems now with
anything. >> well, that's great to hear. how would you sum up your experience in the witness protection program? >> it's definitely not like the movies. stated this over and over again. they do not give you a new house, new car, money. we were you know, dumped in a seedy hotel, with you know, i think it was $1200 a month back in '82 i guess that was some money. but basically then they just told us good luck, call us if you have any problems. and as a child, i'm -- at the time i didn't sign anything. i didn't ask for that so you know it obviously caused great problems throughout my life and a kid that was growing up with a great big secret i couldn't tell anybody. it was definitely difficult. i went through a number of struggles over a good 20 years until i kind of realized i have to get it together and take control of my life and get the things i needed back.
>> i'm glad jackie to hear that some of the struggles are now easing for you. thanks for catching up with you. happy new year. >> happy new year thank you. >> let's turn to "ali velshi on target." david schuster is in for ali. david. >> america has deported 2.4 immigrants since president obama took office. american citizens, would you believe? born here from mexican families, as children. 9:00 eastern. jonathan. >> david thank you. apple will pay money to country of italy.
italian officials say the tech giant reduced its taxable incomes by booking profits in italy through its irish subsidiary. cracking down on profit yielding arrangements. still ahead tonight, his canvases are arctic glaciers. the man who's delivering an artful message about climate change. somewhere are
>> also known as hula is usinga. he went to iceland to paint on a glacier. and as the ice melted, so did his images. hear his message in tonight's first person. >> i created these images as my techniques, using the environment as my canvas. i used my stand up surf board to get to the ice burg in the water. it took a couple of days to scout for the right one. it had to be the right texture and size but finally found it and i had about a day to get it done. i decided the main iceberg that i painted in the water was of a girl floating on her back and she had her chin back and as it melted you know she kind of had this last gaping breat gasping .
i knew it was going to be a quicker life span of this painting that i thought. originally i thought it was going to last a couple of months but after that, after seeing that it was a couple of weeks if that. this prornlg wa project was espy personal for me. growing up in leigh the values we hold, malama ina, nourish and protect the lands, i try to instill that value into my art. i wanted the art in itself, for people who stumbled upon it, this figure melting into the ocean, a wake up call, whoa, what's going on? i liked that aspect of it, kind of more a performance piece and showing that this is a problem for a lot of people in the
coming days and a foreshadow what's going to be happening everywhere. >> first person. thank you for watching. i'm jonathan betz. stay right here al "ali velshi n target" starts right now. >> i'm dwhs in for al david schi velshi. "on target" tonight. born in the u.s., fighting to survive miles away from their american dreams. america's immigration system is broken making for a hot button political issue